- 32nm Sandy Bridge-E 150W
- 15MB L3 Cache
- 6 x 256KB L2 Cache
Beast of a proce$$or 03/20/2013
This is the best CPU out there as far as power, performance, and future-proofing.
PRICE!!!!! It is obviously ridiculously overpriced, even for the best CPU there is.
I have really been waiting a LONG time for my current build. I'm an IT professional during the day, so I'm not just the average spoiled kid who likes to have the best. I actually know the value of good hardware.
My last PC ran on a Pentium 4 3.4Ghz w/ HT; it lasted me nearly 9 years before the mobo died, thereby providing the excuse I'd been waiting for to build my next rig.
This CPU is THE MOST POWERFUL, but NOT the most economical by any means. I bought it to be what any CPU should be considered as, the backbone of my beast of a computer.
I use my computer for research, "TV" (online viewing), DVD and Blu-Ray playback, some video editing (very little), listening to great music, and of course GAMING.
So far, I have not broken 30% CPU usage under normal use; that includes running games like Crysis, Crysis 2, Batman: Arkham City, and CoD: Black Ops on highest settings. This is obviously a beast of a processor,
so don't spend the money if you do not intend to use it. In fact, it's overkill for even intense gaming for at least the next year or so for sure. For current games, there are several less expensive i7's available that,
when paired with a powerful and new enough graphics card, will perform at highest settings just fine.
Make no mistake, the 3970x is for those who want their build to be fully capable of handling whatever they wish to throw at it for quite a while to come and do not mind spending the extra money to have that assurance.
Is it insanely overpriced, to the point of angering me? YES
Is it fully capable of doing WHATEVER I will want from it for at least the next 6 years? YES
This is NOT the chip you buy if you plan on upgrading any time within the next 4 years, because you WILL be WASTING YOUR MONEY if you do.
My current build (pre-GPU upgrade):
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Case w/ all possible fans
i7 3970x CPU
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO HSF
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme mobo
(4x8GB) GSKILL Sniper Gaming Series 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W PSU
BFGTech GeForce 8800GTS OC 640MB
PNY 8600 GT OC 512MB dedicated to Physx
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion Sound Card
2 WD VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM drives in RAID 1
SanDisk 32GB ReadyCache drive
1 TB data drive
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" 2ms 300 cd/m2 50000000:1 Monitor
Logitech THX-Certified 5.1 surround z5300 speakers
Logitech G110 keyboard
Razor Diamondback 3G mouse
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